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At PSU, there is one Institutional Review Board (IRB) authorized under an Assurance approved by the Department of Health and Human Services to review and to approve research involving human participants. The IRB at PSU is standing committee responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of people who are participants  in PSU research activities.

All PSU research activities proposing to involve human participants must be reviewed and receive written, unconditional approval from the IRB before commencing. This policy applies to all research activities sponsored by PSU; conducted by or under the direction of any employee, student, or agent of PSU in connection with his or her PSU responsibilities; conducted by or under the direction of any employee, student, or agent of PSU involving the use of any PSU property or facility; or, conducted by or involving any individual or institution working with PSU as part of a collaboration, subgrant, or subcontract.

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Panther Pride: Ski Hard, Smile Big

Freydis Holla Einarsdottir ’19 came this close to competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Since coming to PSU, she’s been posting top finishes for the women’s ski team, and in March she became the first woman in Plymouth State history to compete in the NCAA Championships, the biggest race in collegiate ski racing. […]

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From Ew! to Awe

Seeing rats in a whole new light » They’ve taken the rap for the spread of the Bubonic Plague in Medieval Europe. Their name is synonymous with scoundrel, traitor, and snitch. And then there are their tails: long and skinny, pink and seemingly hairless. They’re rats, and they’re probably the last animals you’d think would […]

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¡Bienvenidos a Cuba!

PSU professor and her students discover the challenges and joys of visiting Cuba » Political science professor Filiz Otucu Ruhm always dreamed of going to Cuba. In fact, she planned on visiting the island more than a decade ago. “The social scientist in me wanted to observe Castro’s Cuba, then go back after Castro, and […]